About David

My practice focuses on civil jury and trial work both plaintiff and defense and includes all types of cases:

  • Lender liability claims
  • General commercial disputes (all types)
  • Personal injury
  • Product liability
  • Employment
  • Trade secrets
  • The Lanham Act
  • Medical and other professional malpractice
  • Various types of estate disputes
  • Real-estate litigation
  • Condemnation matters

I have also been involved with litigation of various types in the oil and gas industry.

I graduated with High Distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law after receiving a political science degree in 1972, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Parsons College in Fairfield Iowa.

I have been board-certified as a trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1986. I practiced law for 30 years in Des Moines, Iowa and later expanded my practice to Montana.

  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Was named among the top 100 attorneys in Super Lawyers list for the Mountain States region in 2016.
  • Named as one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2003 in multiple litigation categories.
  • Named in Mountain States Super Lawyers list since 2010.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Labor & Employment
    • Advice and representation in employment litigation, including wrongful discharge and discrimination matters.
    • Employee discipline and termination advice.
  • Pro Bono
  • Tort Litigation
    • Common law bad faith
    • Negligence
    • Personal Injury
    • Products Liability
    • Professional negligence
  • Trust & Estates
    • Fiduciary Obligations and Estate and Trust Litigation

Experience and Education

  • Bar Admission
    • Iowa, 1975
    • Montana, 2003
    • North Dakota, 2013
    • Numerous pro hac vice in various jurisdictions including Washington, Wyoming, Maryland, Kansas, Mississippi, Nevada, Nebraska
    • United States District Courts in Iowa, Northern and Southern District, Montana and North Dakota
    • 8th Circuit and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
    • United States Supreme Court
  • Education
    • 1974 – J.D., University of Iowa College of Law
    • 1972 – University of Denver and Parsons College
  • Prior Experience (Employment)
    • 1975-1977, Assistant Secretary of Iowa Senate
  • Private Practice:
    • 1977-1994, Gamble Riepe Webster Davis & Green, Des Moines, IA
    • 1994-2005, Belin McCormick, PC, Des Monies, IA
    • 2005-2018, Crowley Fleck, Billings, MT
    • 2019 to present, Solo Practice
  • Honors & Awards
    • Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs (2003-Present)
    • Mountain States Super Lawyers for Business Litigation (2010-2018)
    • Named as one of the top 100 lawyers in the Mountain States Region by Mountain States Super Lawyers in 2016
    • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Order of the Coif
    • Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1986
    • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
    • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Community Involvement
    • Iowa Jobs Commission and Iowa State Historical (Board 1978-1986)
    • Child Serve in Des Moines, Board of Directors (1986-1994)
    • Polk County Bar Association
    • Iowa Bar Association Board of Governors (1986-1995)
    • Yellowstone County Bar Treasurer (2004)
    • Cub Scouts Asst. Pack Leader, Committeeman and Treasurer-Pack 12 (2008-2013)
    • Boy Scout Troop Leader Troop 7 multiple positions and fundraising (2015 to present)
    • Extensive political experience 1975-1994 including managing a campaign for statewide office
  • Professional Affiliations
    • Iowa State Bar Association
    • State Bar of Montana
    • North Dakota State Bar Association
    • American Bar Association-Litigation Section
    • National Board of Trial Advocacy
    • American Association for Justice
    • Iowa Defense Counsel
    • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
    • Litigation Counsel of America
    • Iowa Association for Justice
    • American Society of Legal Advocates
    • Polk County Bar Association
    • Montana Defense Counsel